JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL
IN NEW YORK, USA ON MAY 19, 2016
Copyright 2016 -> Linda Iorio and Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
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This two pages long review is written by Linda Iorio. Thanks
Linda Iorio: Next, a "house band" consisting of people from various NYC
including Walt Stack from one of my favorites, The Bullys, on lead
guitar, took the stage, as a host of people each did a song off the
Ramones' first album as a celebration of its 40th anniversary.
There was George Tab (Furious George), Richard Bacchus (D-Generation),
Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys) on guitar, Clem Burke,
aka Elvis Ramone (played in two Ramones
shows) (Blondie) on drums, Mike Watt (Minutemen), Andy Shernoff
(The Dictators, Master Plan..., where was Handsome Dick?), Evil Presly
(The Independents), Joey Lanz of The Bullys, and some others who I
didn't know and of course, the fabulous Tish & Snooky on background
Jari-Pekka's note: So there were many guest singers who sang 1-2 songs
from debut album in that special set which line-up was Clem Burke, Walt
Stack, Cheetah Chrome and Mike Watt. Tish and Snooky sang back vocals.
Joe Finnigan told me that Walt Stack sang a great way Dee Dee Ramone's
parts on 53rd And 3rd.
Joe Finnigan: Stack just nailed it all night on guitar backing
everybody. Evil of
The Independents was killer on Havana Affair - was great to see him
there again he is a true loyal friend of Joey! Highligh for me was also
seeing old friends, fans, people I have met through the years
because of our shared love of the Ramones and Rock'N'Roll in the crowd
(P.J. McGowan, John Negvesky etc.). Was also great hang out a bit with
Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics), Ingrid and Yoav from Ingrid and
Defectors (Charm School), John Holmström, George Tabb (who also
performed great) and other folks from around here and far away. You
Jari-Pekka of course were here in spirit and spoken well of by mutual
Jari-Pekka: I found out information of eleven songs who sang those
songs and I asked if Linda Iorio can comment something of some of
them. Btw, Albert and Joe Bouchard are founding members of Blue
Öyster Cult. They sang Listen To My Heart and also performed
earlier that night in Blue Coupe.
Please E-mail if you remember who sang I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,
I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement and Let's Dance.
1) Blitzkrieg Bop: Isis Queen of Barb Wire Dolls.
2) Beat On The Brat: George Tabb of Furious George etc.
3) Judy Is A Punk: Andy Shernoff of The Dictators, The Masterplan, The
4) I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend: singer?
5) Chain Saw: Richard Bacchus of D-Generation.
6) Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue: James Boland.
7) I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement: singer?
8) Loudmouth: Russell Wolinsky of Sic F*cks.
9) Havana Affair: Evil of The Independents.
10) Listen To My Heart: Albert and Joe Bouchard.
11) 53rd And 3rd: Paul Zone.
12) Let's Dance: singer?
13) I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You: Joey Lanz of The Bullys.
14) Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World: Joey Lanz of The
Linda Iorio writes here comments of some of those singers.
Isis Queen of The Barb Wire Dolls: Blitzkrieg
Fantastic job on one of my favorite songs. This song just attacks like a
barrage of bullets, right from the first note. Love it. Isis has a stage
presence that commands your attention. Her platinum blonde hair is so
bright, its like a light.
George Tabb (Furious George etc.):
Beat On The Brat:
George came out on stage holding a bat, naturally, and shook it
defiantly at the audience during the song. Great effect.
James Boland: Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue:
Unfortunately I don't remember this singer, but I do remember the
teenage boy on stage, simulating sniffing a brown paper bag, filled
with a container of glue, of course. It was funny how he staggered
around. The more he sniffed, the looser he became.
Evil of The Independents: Havana Affair:
This guy never ages! I've been seeing him since the first Joey
Ramone Birthday Bash
I went to in 2001, and he looks even younger now than he did then!
Hardcore to the max, but I still think he has the cutest baby
Joey Lanz of The Bullys: I Don't Wanna Walk Around With
You and Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World:
I loved The Bullys from the first time I saw them, which I think was at
the great old Continental club in the East Village. Joey Lanz is one of
my favorite front men. He reeks of tough, street wise, 70's punk all
the way. Attitude is his middle name. You don't wanna piss this guy
Tish & Snooky sang background vocals. Before that lame TV show, "Jersey
Shore", the ORIGINAL Snooky was from the NYC 70's punk scene, and they
created the Manic Panic temporary hair color product, used by punks
They are two of the Coolest (with a capital C) NYC chicks ever. Maybe
not as famous as Deborah Harry of Blondie, but nevertheless, they are a
great duo. I've seen them perform at countless tribute shows in NYC over
the years. They put the fun in punk with their coordinated dance moves,
their effervescent bubbly personalities (no crisis here) and their
Always dressed in cool clothes, I eagerly anticipate what they'll be
wearing. You never know what color hair they'll have on any given date
-- righteously so, since they are the creators of the
Manic Panic temporary hair color products. There are imitations out
there, but when it comes to temporary hair color, Manic Panic is the one
to use.. Tish and Snooky are the perfect backup singers for a live show.
Well done once again, Tish & Snooky! I wonder what their real names
Joey's brother Mickey Leigh was the final performer, paying tribute to
his beloved brother, Joey. He sang Questioningly, as he does every year
I think. I heard him say at one time it was his favorite Ramones song
that Joey wrote. I've seen him do it solo acoustic, but this was done
electric, with the band building in intensity as the song went on.
Mickey got down on one knee at the edge of the stage and
sang a couple of lines directly to a girl in the crowd, making the
performance that much more personal.
They had Arno Hecht on saxophone. He played for a few songs. You
wouldn't think a saxophone belongs in a Ramones song, but it worked!
Sorry I can't remember what song(s). I also enjoyed seeing Johnny "Pi",
an old acquaintance, on bass and backup vocals. He also has been seen as
a musician on several NYC television shows, most recently on HBO'S
Vinyl. The last song of the night was What A Wonderful World, from
Joey's posthumous album, Don't Worry About Me. Mickey did a great job
The final performer at the Birthday Bash was the Bagpiper playing Happy
Birthday for Joey. It was a fun show, and I hope these annual birthday
doesn't get any more New York than the Ramones!
Review / report is written by Linda
Jari-Pekka's note: In addition for those who Linda Iorio did
there were also The Queers, The Threads, David Peel & The Lower East
Side, Tracy Thornton's Pan For Punks, Miriam Linna, Mayana Moura,
Pat Carpenter, Matt Chiaravalle, Bobby Weiss, Johnny Pisano and MC's
John Holmstrom and Stig Stench and hosts Debra Trizzini and Peter
SWEET JOEY BY ANDY SHERNOFF
Jari-Pekka: I want to tell of song named Sweet Joey. Andy Shernoff
played that with Mickey Leigh's band now at Joey Ramone Birthday Bash
2016. Shernoff, who is known for bands like The
Dictators (founding member and songwriter for all their music), Master
Plan and The
Fleshtones, wrote a beautiful and touching tribute song with a rocky
edge for Joey Ramone. Listen
Sweet Joey song here. The song is available for download and every
penny goes to The Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research, click here.
I asked more of the song from Andy
- I had the idea of writing a song about Joey for over a year. A month
ago my ideas all came together and I recorded it in my home studio,
wrote Shernoff to me on May 4, 2016.
He has heard dozens of worthy songs about Joey.
- But I wanted to do a take on the guy I knew, rather than the icon.
Shernoff does YouTube videos for all his songs. Check out his
- I asked Mickey (Joey's brother) for permission to use some of his
family photos. He agreed and said he also wanted to use the song to
promote the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. I then suggested we offer it as
a download with all money raised going to the Joey Ramone Foundation
for Lymphoma Research, Shernoff did continue.
As I did mention, Sweet Joey is available for download and every
penny goes to The Joey
Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research, click here.
Joey considered Andy Shernoff as part of his group of close friends. He
was one of few who was next to Joey's bed in the hospital when Joey
passed away. As you may know, he played bass on Joey's solo album,
Don't Worry About Me. He wrote some songs together with Joey and other
Ramones members etc. You can find my extensive interview with Andy
Shernoff from my 3rd book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Andy, my
friend David Kelly and I were having 2,5 hours long discussion in Andy's
home where is also his studio.
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